Mayors of the three cities of Montreal Quebec, Winnipeg Manitoba, and Mississauga Ont. have jointly asked the Prime Ministerto call for a meeting between Aveos and Air Canada. The idea is to keep Aveos operating so as to save jobs.
The three mayors say they have spoken to the president of Air Canada
and he said we would participate in such discussions. Aveos has ceased
operations terminating 3,300 jobs.
The mayors claim that Air
Canada has an obligation to keep main the repair services under the
terms of the Air Canada Public Participation Act. Air Canada has begun
outsourcing maintenance. Some maintenance is now done in China.For more
see this CBC article.
When Air Canada was privatized an Act was passed that imposed certain
obligations on the privatized company. Dave Ritchie who is Canadian
General Vice President of the IAMAW explains the situation this
way.:“The act stipulates that Air Canada must maintain aircraft heavy
maintenance facilities or have such work performed at facilities in
Winnipeg, Mississauga and Montreal,” Aveos had aircraft maintenance
facilities in all three cities.. But now Ritchie claims:“Since Air
Canada is pulling this work from these facilities and seeking
alternative suppliers, AVEOS has subsequently ceased operations
affecting 1,785 highly skilled workers in Montreal, 412 in Winnipeg and
356 in Vancouver,”
The union took Air Canada to court when it
privatized its maintenance work. Ritchie goes on:. “This is exactly why
we took Air Canada to court when it sold its maintenance unit to Aveos.
We knew this could happen and now it has. Air Canada has an obligation
to these workers, their families and the Air Canada Public Participation
Act.” Apparently their obligation to make a profit and please their
shareholders takes priority. See this article.